Heading into Putin meeting, Trump again bashes allies, avoids election-meddling issue

Evan Vucci  AP FILEPresident Donald Trump claps as he arrives for a campaign rally

"I expect it will be somewhat unstructured, but it will give them a chance to go over some of these issues free of the pressure of immediate deadlines or crises", Bolton said on "Fox News Sunday".

The Kremlin continues to claim that the Russian government played no role in the US election but has left open the possibility that Russian non-state actors might have been involved.

A Central element of a future meeting of the presidents of the US and Russia Donald trump, and Vladimir Putin will be the issue of settlement in Syria and the displacement of Iranian forces from the country.

It's the first official summit between the two powers, though they've met twice before on the sidelines of global gatherings.

Trump and Putin are scheduled to meet after Trump attends a summit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and makes a state visit to the United Kingdom. We don't want anybody tampering with elections.

On June 29, Trump declined to rule out recognizing Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. "The one thing I'd say is Trump's not doing anything to counter those forces; he is accelerating them", he said.

The meeting will likely provoke criticism for Trump at home, where investigators are probing possible collusion between his presidential campaign team and Moscow.

At the Singapore Summit, 'Kim Jong-Un said to me: The two of us have to get a picture together. I think we'll be talking about many other subjects.

At the same time, Trump has also repeatedly stated that he wants to improve relations with Moscow, and recently advocated for Russian Federation to be readmitted into the G-7. On Thursday before news of the summit's location, Trump backed up that claim tweeting that Russian Federation was not involved.

What will Donald Trump be able to achieve at a summit with Vladimir Putin?

Putin last month said patriotic Russian hackers may have staged cyber attacks against countries that had strained relations with Moscow and denied state intervention - a departure from the Kremlin's previous denials of any Russian interference.

Trump is due to have his first one-on-one summit with Putin in Helsinki on 16 of next month. "Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!" he wrote.

Previously, sanctions had been imposed during the administration of President Barack Obama in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea and its involvement in the conflict in Ukraine. "If Trump heaps the kind of praise on Putin that he devoted to Kim Jong Un, that will be a giant victory for Putin".



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